The Math Department accepts students interested in pursuing a PhD in pure or applied mathematics, and students interested in a Master's degree in actuarial science. All students admitted to the PhD program are offered financial support.
Admission to the Math Department is highly competitive. In recent years, we have seen almost 400 students per year apply to be among an incoming class of usually no more than twenty students.
The Department's Graduate Admissions Committee will consider the following factors in arriving at its decision concerning the admission of an applicant:
- Undergraduate academic record, especially performance in upper-division, conceptually oriented mathematics classes;
- Performance in prior graduate mathematics courses (if applicable);
- Letters of recommendation;
- The contents of the personal statement, especially as they relate to the intellectual preparedness of the applicant to undertake graduate studies in mathematics or to special circumstances in an applicant's background that might indicate the potential for success in a graduate mathematics program;
- Undergraduate research experience;
- Performance on the GRE (general and subject); and
- Performance on the TOEFL (if applicable).
To be competitive, a candidate usually needs a program of coursework like the following (this is only a guideline; and it is possible, particularly for students in applied mathematics, to be competitive with more varied backgrounds):
- A standard set of introductory undergraduate courses would include the calculus sequence, linear algebra, and differential equations.
- A solid set of advanced undergraduate courses would include two semesters of proof-based analysis, two semesters of proof-based abstract algebra, and at least one of topology.
- A variety of other classes, like complex analysis or probability or differential geometry help with breadth.
- The best predictor of success in any graduate program is success in one or more introductory graduate courses.
If you are accepted for admission to our graduate program, you will automatically be considered for financial assistance; so no separate application for financial assistance is required.
In special circumstances, we also consider students applying for admission without financial support from us. If you do not need financial assistance because you expect external funding from another source, and would like to be considered for admission without support, you should indicate this clearly in your statement of purpose, including the source and amount of funding you expect to receive. Applicants claiming external support should not in general expect to be offered financial assistance by the math department, and may be asked to provide proof of external funding before admissions decisions are made.
Students interested in statistics should apply to the Division of Statistics. Students interested in a Master's degree in math education may be interested in applying to the Science and Mathematics Education Program offered in the College of Education.
All applicants (including those from UT Austin) must submit two separate applications: one to the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) and one to the Department of Mathematics. We apologize for the inconvenience of this process but it is necessary to comply with both UT and Math Department requirements for admission.
Please note that the two application processes are not simply duplicates of one another. There are separate online application forms and different items are required for GIAC and the Math Department. It is vital that applicants carefully follow the applications instructions.
The deadline for applying for Fall 2016 is December 15, 2015. The Math Department cannot guarantee that materials received after December 15, 2015 will receive consideration. If all materials required by GIAC are not complete by December 15, then we cannot make a decision on an application. We do not admit new students in the Spring or Summer semesters.
Math Department offices will close December 21, 2015 and not reopen until January 4, 2016. Between these dates, there will be no responses to inquiries made to the Math Department. Starting January 4, inquiries will be adddressed in the order in which they were received.
Additional application information for international students:
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all international students whose native country's primary language is not English. Please review the information on test scores at the GIAC website for detailed information. We do not accept IELTS in lieu of TOEFL scores.
International students must be able to speak fluent English in order to receive support as a Mathematics graduate student. We expect international students to score at least 630 on the TOEFL paper test or 109 on the internet-based test, as well as pass an oral English assessment exam to be administered after your arrival at UT Austin. If you do not have these minimum TOEFL scores your chances of acceptance are small.
If you have not yet received your test results, write your test score(s) on the Math Department application form.
If you expect to receive fellowship or scholarship assistance from a government agency in your home country, please mention this in your Statement of Purpose.
Additional application information regarding changes of major:
The Math Department will consider requests for transfers from other departments within UT Austin. Current students wishing to apply to Mathematics should complete the GIAC application form for changes of major after obtaining the approval of the Graduate Adviser.
STEP ONE: APPLYING TO GIAC
Applicants must submit the official online application, unofficial transcripts, test scores, and processing fees to GIAC. Please visit the GIAC website for specific and detailed instructions regarding their application process.
Regarding transcripts sent to GIAC:
You may upload a copy of your transcript(s) after you have submitted your application for admission and paid the application fee. After you have submitted your application you will receive an email that contains a link to the Status Check web site where you will be able to upload your transcript. The uploaded transcript(s) is considered to be unofficial but will be used to process your application for admission. To upload transcripts after application fee payment go to GIAC Status Check https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/adm/mystatus
Regarding the TOEFL exam waiver:
The following items may be omitted from your ApplyTexas application via GIAC:
- Statement of purpose,
- Letters of recommendation,
- Resume, or
- Similar Documents.
For these items, you may write "Submitted to Math Department" in the appropriate response area (or your may simply leave it blank).
After you have submitted the ApplyTexas application it will take approximately one to two business days to load into UT's GIAC system. When GIAC receives your application they will send you an email with your UT EID and password. Your UT EID is an identifier that UT Austin uses for applicants and students. Do not create an additional UT EID. You must use the one assigned to you after you submit your GIAC application. If you are a previous or current student of UT Austin, you should use your existing UT EID.
Note that the Math Department application uses your UT EID, therefore you must first submit your ApplyTexas application and receive your UT EID before you can continue to the Math Department application.
Warning: Do not obtain more than one UT EID, and do not submit multiple applications (either to GIAC or the Math Department) using more than one UT EID.
STEP TWO: APPLYING TO THE MATH DEPARTMENT
Please carefully review the following information before proceeding to the Math Department Application. The Department's Graduate Admissions Committee will only review the materials submitted on our department's website.
The following items will be required as you go through the online application:
- College transcripts. You may upload a copy electronically via our application. Please obtain from your school an official copy of your transcript. We ask that you scan and upload a copy of that transcript to the GIAC application site and that you scan and upload another copy to our Math Department application site. It is not necessary to send transcripts of Community or Junior Colleges. Please do not mail official transcripts to GIAC or to the Math Department. When a student is admitted to our program the University (GIAC) will ask that official transcripts be mailed to them only at that time.
- Three letters of reference, to be submitted by your recommenders. An email to them is automatically generated by the application system. These letters must be submitted in either ASCII text (.txt) or PDF (.pdf) format. As an alternative, reference letter writers may also email their document to firstname.lastname@example.org and the document will be uploaded to the applicant's file.
- Statement of Purpose. This must be submitted in either ASCII text (.txt) or PDF (.pdf) format.
- Unofficial copy of test score reports: General GRE *and* Subject GRE. The Mathematics Subject GRE score must be submitted along with the General test score. You may obtain your scores by electronic download on the ETS website. You may then upload your scores onto your Math Department application. You must also have the official scores reported to UT Austin (GIAC). Applications received without the Mathematics Subject GRE score will be accepted, but we cannot guarantee that they will receive equal consideration. GRE Subject scores are also expected for applicants to the Master's program in Actuarial Science.
- TOEFL. (International students only.) Please submit as in instructions above for the GRE. (As noted above, IELTS scores may not be substituted for TOEFL scores.)
STEP THREE: CHECKING YOUR APPLICATION STATUS
It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that both GIAC and the Math Department have received the required materials. Decisions will be made beginning in February. Notification of admission decisions will be made via email.
Your Math Department application will be reviewed independently and regardless of the status of your GIAC application.
Council of Graduate Schools Resolution (renewed October 2009 by most U.S. universities)
Acceptance of an offer of financial support (such as a graduate scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, or assistantship) for the next academic year by a prospective or enrolled graduate student completes an agreement that both student and graduate school expect to honor.
Students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15; earlier deadlines for acceptance of such offers violate the intent of the Resolution. In those instances in which a student accepts an offer before April 15, and subsequently desires to withdraw that acceptance, the student may submit in writing a resignation of the appointment at any time through April 15. However, an acceptance given or left in force after April 15 commits the student not to accept another offer without first obtaining a written release from the institution to which a commitment has been made. Similarly, an offer by an institution after April 15 is conditional on presentation by the student of the written release from any previously accepted offer.
For questions about our application procedures, please contact the Graduate Coordinator:
For questions about the Department of Mathematics graduate program, please contact the Graduate Adviser: